Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Peru instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

be 98.4% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 18.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Peru, that number is 0.3% of people.

live 10.2 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 65 years for women). In Peru, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 30.4% less likely to be obese


In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese. In Peru, that number is 19.7% of people.

Economy

be 75.7% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.6% of adults are unemployed. In Peru, that number is 6.7%.

spend 33.3% less on taxes


South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Peru, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

be 36.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line. In Peru, however, that number is 22.7%.

Life

be 50.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 138.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Peru, 68.0 women do.

be 40.6% less likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 31.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Peru, on the other hand, 18.4 children do.

have 11.9% less children


In South Africa, there are approximately 20.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Peru, there are 17.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 15.7% less likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Peru, about 45.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 35.6% less on education


South Africa spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Peru spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 37.5% less on healthcare


South Africa spends 8.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Peru, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 13.7% less coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Peru, that number is 2,414 km.

Peru: At a glance

Peru is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,279,996 sq km. Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces were defeated in 1824. After a dozen years of military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems and the growth of a violent insurgency. President Alberto FUJIMORI's election in 1990 ushered in a decade that saw a dramatic turnaround in the economy and significant progress in curtailing guerrilla activity. Nevertheless, the president's increasing reliance on authoritarian measures and an economic slump in the late 1990s generated mounting dissatisfaction with his regime, which led to his resignation in 2000. A caretaker government oversaw new elections in the spring of 2001, which installed Alejandro TOLEDO Manrique as the new head of government - Peru's first democratically elected president of indigenous ethnicity. The presidential election of 2006 saw the return of Alan GARCIA Perez who, after a disappointing presidential term from 1985 to 1990, oversaw a robust economic rebound. In June 2011, former army officer Ollanta HUMALA Tasso was elected president, defeating Keiko FUJIMORI Higuchi, the daughter of Alberto FUJIMORI. Since his election, HUMALA has carried on the sound, market-oriented economic policies of the three preceding administrations.

How big is Peru compared to South Africa? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Superintendencia Nacional de Aduanas y de Administración Tributaria, South African Revenue Service.

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